1920’s and 1930’s
The Decades at a GlanceThe band was organized in 1925. It was the beginning of an outstanding and continuing program at EPCHS. In August of 1927, Director Thompson took his young band numbering about 50, to compete at the State Fair. He asked the stores to close and the townspeople to accompany the band to Springfield on a chartered train. Despite a controversial classification system that forced East Peoria to compete against established bands from larger schools, they brought home third place.